BPA Ban Under Consideration in California (NewsInferno)
The Associated Press is reporting that in response to consumer concerns, California may be the first to implement statewide restrictions on Bisphenol A—BPA—an estrogen mimicking chemical that has been hotly debated in recent months over its presence in plastic baby bottles and infant formula cans. At least 11 other states, including New York, have considered bills to restrict BPA.
Although BPA is found in a wide variety of consumer products, the proposed bill only discusses its impact on children three years of age and younger and would require all products or food containers designed for such children to contain trace amounts of BPA.
New Bacterial Species Found in Human Mouth (Medical News Today)
Scientists have discovered a new species of bacteria in the mouth. The finding could help scientists to understand tooth decay and gum disease and may lead to better treatments, according to research published in the August issue of the International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology.
Popular Energy Drinks Cause Tooth Erosion (Medical News Today)
in a recent study that appears in the November/December 2007 issue of General Dentistry, the Academy of General Dentistry’s (AGD) clinical, peer reviewed journal, the pH level of soft drinks isn’t the only factor that causes dental erosion. A beverage’s “buffering capacity,” or the ability to neutralize acid, plays a significant role in the cause of dental erosion.
The study examined the acidity levels of five popular beverages on the market. The results proved that popular “high energy” and sports drinks had the highest mean buffering capacity, resulting in the strongest potential for erosion of enamel.
Malibu Dentist Aims to Ban Mercury Amalgam Fillings (Malibu Times)
“Fluoride, asbestos and pesticides all became political issues before people started seriously considering regulation,” Rota said. “My hope is that proper education will alert our public to the dangers of mercury poisoning and what can be done about it. It’s grassroots activity that will pressure the FDA to ban this toxin from our environment.”
The War on Sweat (Time)
Take a stroll down the personal-care aisle of any drugstore, and you’ll see quite a few options to keep you dry. Powder-scented, solid or gel, antiperspirants are in high demand in the summer. But in the past year, some new members joined the antiwetness club–“clinical strength” products that promise to keep you dry for not just a few hours but up to a whopping 24. Almost 10% of the market is now devoted to the strongest antiperspirants available without a prescription. Which makes you wonder: Do we sweat that much? And if we do, is it such a bad thing? “We have created a sense in modern society about hygiene that goes beyond being human,” says Mehmet Oz, Oprah’s doctor in residence, who doesn’t use an antiperspirant because of the chemicals in it. “We all smell, and we all sweat. We’re supposed to.”
Bad reactions to antibiotics, mostly allergic ones, send people to U.S. emergency rooms more than 140,000 times each year, government researchers reported on Wednesday.
The findings offer another reason for doctors to limit their use of the drugs, which are overused in the United States, the team at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.
Excess Weight Not Heart Risk for Some People (MedHeadlines)
Not everyone who carries excess weight is at increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease. In fact, it’s possible to be clinically obese and have a heart as healthy as a person of normal weight. And many people of normal weight bear a greater chance of developing cardiovascular disease than some of their heavier counterparts do, according to two studies published in this week’s issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine, a publication of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).